Meaning of dwindle

dwin•dle

Pronunciation: (dwin'dl), [key]
— v., -dled, -dling.
—v.i.
  1. to become smaller and smaller; shrink; waste away: His vast fortune has dwindled away.
  2. to fall away, as in quality; degenerate.
—v.t.
  1. to make smaller and smaller; cause to shrink: Failing health dwindles ambition.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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